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Old June 2nd, 2010, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Laugh fix for random song skipping using headphone jack

Does your Incredible randomly skip songs and activate the voice dialer while using the headphone jack?? Mine did.

I found a nice widget in the market that stops the random song skipping and voice dialer from activating.

I tried it and it works great..

Do a search for, "headset blocker" in the market.

I can finally listen to Pandora in my living room without randomly dialing my contacts!!!

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Old June 2nd, 2010, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seriously good find. There are a lot of people having issues with this. This should be stickied.
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I haven't had the issue, but now if I do I know where to look!
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Worked perfectly for me, thanks!
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I hope this works because I stopped attempting to listen to music since it would skip every time.
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This should either be stickied, or put in a general stickied "Fixes to known issues" thread. I'd do it if I wasn't at work
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Does your Incredible randomly skip songs and activate the voice dialer while using the headphone jack?? Mine did.

I found a nice widget in the market that stops the random song skipping and voice dialer from activating.

I tried it and it works great..

Do a search for, "headset blocker" in the market.

I can finally listen to Pandora in my living room without randomly dialing my contacts!!!
I was just about to post this issue and thought I better search the forum first. This has been happening when I use pandora, slacker, and even listening to the downloaded tunes. It always starts after about 30 minutes of error free playing.
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Old June 4th, 2010, 01:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I was just about to post this issue and thought I better search the forum first. This has been happening when I use pandora, slacker, and even listening to the downloaded tunes. It always starts after about 30 minutes of error free playing.

Yeah, the problem was very annoying. I'm so glad to have found this app/widget.

Hopefully HTC will officially fix the issue so we don't need a third party app.
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Does your Incredible randomly skip songs and activate the voice dialer while using the headphone jack?? Mine did.

I found a nice widget in the market that stops the random song skipping and voice dialer from activating.

I tried it and it works great..

Do a search for, "headset blocker" in the market.

I can finally listen to Pandora in my living room without randomly dialing my contacts!!!
You're my hero.

Any everyone in my contact list's hero too.
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You're my hero.

Any everyone in my contact list's hero too.
lol, thanks. I didn't write the app, I just found it. Glad I could share the info.
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Thanks, this happens to me in Listen.
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Does running this widget turn off anything else that I might actually be using?
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Old June 10th, 2010, 07:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Awesome find, this has really been on my nerves and I'm glad someone found a fix for it!
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Old June 19th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have an EVO and was having a problem with the output going from headphones to headset... which gave all the typical problems (songs skipping, songs pausing, random voice dialing...).

With this app (headset blocker) I still get the headset icon, but it isn't doing what it was doing before. Then again I just installed it. The true test will be when I hit the road and try the aux jack on my truck.

Will post results. Until then, I say if you're having the same issue, give it a shot. It's a free download.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 02:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I wrote this little thing, glad to see people like it.

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Does running this widget turn off anything else that I might actually be using?
All it does is block the MEDIA_BUTTON broadcast. AFAIK, that only includes commands sent from what is plugged into your device that are specifically related to music. At the very least, I can still fully use my Bluetooth headset when I've got the widget activated.

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With this app (headset blocker) I still get the headset icon, but it isn't doing what it was doing before. Then again I just installed it. The true test will be when I hit the road and try the aux jack on my truck.

Will post results. Until then, I say if you're having the same issue, give it a shot. It's a free download.
I'd love to hear the results of your test. From the market reviews it sounds like EVO is still doing some wonky things even when the widget is active. I wonder if there's some custom code on the EVO that is cock blocking my widget.
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The skipping happened for me when I used a headset that had a built-in microphone. (not compatible maybe?) When I switched to a headset only (phillips over-the-ear buds), the problem disappeared.

My resolution seemed obvious after-the-fact.
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I haven't had the issue, but now if I do I know where to look!
+1, good find. I'll put this one on my AppBrain list in case I need it later.
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The skipping happened for me when I used a headset that had a built-in microphone. (not compatible maybe?) When I switched to a headset only (phillips over-the-ear buds), the problem disappeared.

My resolution seemed obvious after-the-fact.
If you don't mind me asking: What was the headset you were using that still had problems? And what phone do you have?

Not gonna lie, It's a little hard for me to diagnose problems since I have a budget of $0 to spend on this app (and also I wrote it primarily for myself, and I've never had any problems with it). But I might as well ask to see if there's a pattern that comes up; maybe someone with the same hardware as you can go into the source code and come up with a fix.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Had this problem with my last phone (EnV Touch). Had to keep replugging it until it recognized it was a regular set of headphones and not a mic'd headset with a button. No issues with the Inc, using the same headphones. Nice find though.
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For me on my Incredible, it blocks the voice dialing as well as the song skipping, but for some reason the songs still pause. It still shows a headset icon at the top instead of a headphone icon. It is a 3.5mm mic on both ends plugged into a radio in a car.
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If you don't mind me asking: What was the headset you were using that still had problems? And what phone do you have?

Not gonna lie, It's a little hard for me to diagnose problems since I have a budget of $0 to spend on this app (and also I wrote it primarily for myself, and I've never had any problems with it). But I might as well ask to see if there's a pattern that comes up; maybe someone with the same hardware as you can go into the source code and come up with a fix.
Such a bummer --- I've been having a terrible problem with my Droid's headphone jack causing the music to start/stop at bad times (like if I'm watching a movie and jiggle the cord, the music player will kick on or if I'm walking & listening to music, the music player will stop/start randomly).

Same problem with an old Droid that I had replaced because of this issue.

I've LOVE to be able to disable ANY stop/start functionality on that jack. This widget doesn't quite go far enough apparently.

Hope someone has a fix soon -- SO annoying.
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I have an evo and was experiencing the same issue. I just downloaded your app and will be testing it tonight. I will report back what issues if any I still have.

What should the icon look like when its in headphone mode vs headset mode? Also if someone could help me with the appropriate calls that need to be disabled it might be possible for someone I know to modify the source.
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I tested the fix and it does help with the skipping and voice dialing but there are still pauses. Are there any other ways to disable the headset function entirely?
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Unfortunately since I updated to 2.2 I have experienced an increase in self skipping on Pandora even while using this widget. Not sure why exactly, but it's making me want to punch things very hard lol.
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I had read that a lot of the problems caused by plugging in a headset were related to the plug not being completely in the jack - sometimes because of a case interfering with the plug. FWIW making sure my headphones are plugged in completely has solved my problems.
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I have this same problem too. I just spent a couple hours searching for an app to just lock my phone audio to the headset.

Fortunately, this app is the next best thing. Thank you.

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Does your Incredible randomly skip songs and activate the voice dialer while using the headphone jack?? Mine did.

I found a nice widget in the market that stops the random song skipping and voice dialer from activating.

I tried it and it works great..

Do a search for, "headset blocker" in the market.

I can finally listen to Pandora in my living room without randomly dialing my contacts!!!
I got the same problem with my htc wildfire. and i cant seem to find this on the android market. and some other market wich i found doesnt seem to install it.
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My Slacker Radio app has so many problems in my wife's car (using the AUX). Seems like this could solve it, thanks!
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Thank you so much!! I've been going nuts with Pandora constantly skipping songs while I'm working out due to the phone moving around in my pocket and somehow sending odd signals to the phone. Glad I finally decided to search out the problem here. Really hope this solves it.
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I cannot find the headphone jack app in the market. Anyone know where I can get it? This issue has been DRIVING ME NUTS!!!! Thanks.
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The reason that this occurs is because of a losse connection in your headset.


When the headset is inserted the phone checks to see if the mic and ground are shorted ie are they connected. If so the phone treats the earphones as a normal TRS earphone, otherwise it treats it as a TRRS earphone (ie one with buttons\mic).

When you press the buttons on your headset what you are actually doing is connecting the ground and mic terminals of the earphone jack with a resistance applied across the circut, this resistance is unique to the button pressed. For the play\pause button it is zero (ie shorting the ground and mic pins).

Given the above if you connect your TRRS earphones with the Play\Pause button pressed what you should see happen is the phone reconigses the earphones as a TRS earphones and ignore the controls completely for as long as the heaset are plugged in. I believe this is also true of the iPhone.

I see no way for you to fix this issue with software. The best you can do with software is what you mention above and that is to grad the headset controls and basicaly ignore all messages.

For anyone who couldnt get this to work the reason is that you have another app which has already grabbed the heaset controls, ie another app recieves the button press messages before the app mentioned.
What you need to do is go into the settings of you app which responds to the controls an deselect the option which effectivly says "Respond to headset controls" then instruct the app mentioned to grad the controls.
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